One of the coolest experiences you will find in the off season is a visit to a black bear den — but you won’t be doing it on your own. The Pennsylvania Game Commission provides several opportunities for the outdoor press and the public to accompany them on a tagging operation. Since these activities can only accommodate a limited number of people, the events are not well-advertised (for the good of the bears and the wardens), but be aware that such opportunities exist. If your state has a bear-management program (and most do), contact them and ask whether you can accompany a warden in a non-intrusive way. Here’s a photo gallery of a recent Pennsylvania bear den visit.